Restitution

“The one who struck the blow will not be held liable if the other can get up and walk around outside with a staff; however, the guilty party must pay the injured person for any loss of time and see that the victim is completely healed.” (Exo 21:19)

God is a God of forgiveness, and when He forgives, we are forgiven completely. However, the consequences for our sin often still remain. Despite being forgiven, we may have outcomes that need to be addressed.

While we are not under the Law and do not need to make amends through a legalistic framework, we still have a duty to show acts in keeping with repentance. These are not to gain forgiveness but are evidence of it being received.

We can’t ask God for forgiveness and then ignore the impact of our sin. We have a duty to take care of addressing the consequences in gratefulness for the forgiveness we have freely received.

Quick Prayer: May I make restitution as You lead, Holy Spirit. Amen.

A Price to Pay

“A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas.” (Act 19:19)

When we recognize that God is calling us in a certain direction, or asking us to make some adjustment in our lives, there can be consequences that cost us in some way or another.

The cost could be in relationships with those who don’t want to give up some types of behavior. It could be in time or resources that are given to other areas. He may be calling us to give up some form of income or lifestyle that will cost us financially.

Giving up behaviors or items that do not honor God and are the result of true repentance demonstrate a real encounter and a changed life. What is God asking you to do today?

Quick Prayer: I realize repentance or a change can cost me. Give me the strength to change. Amen.